Teaching the fashion innovators of the future
ECA is known for cutting-edge fashion teaching that emphasises personal creative freedom and design innovation while giving you more tutor time than in most other Fashion programmes.
Our annual show is a highlight of Scotland’s fashion calendar.
Our students have won many leading awards, including the GFW George Gold Award for Best Collection (Lauren Smith, 2013), GFW Womenswear Collection of the Year (Melissa Villevieille, 2015), GFW Menswear Collection of the Year (Shauni Douglas and Olivia Creber, 2013), the Christopher Bailey Collection of the Year, the Considered Design Award and the Hilary Alexander Trailblazer Award (Brian Mc Lysaght, 2019), David Band Textiles Award (Alexander Fan, 2019), George Catwalk to Store Award (Rosie Baird, 2019).
Together with the fashion industry group, All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, we co-founded The Diversity Network exploring emotionally considerate design and social responsibility. Working closely with the National Galleries of Scotland, we integrate our research on body image, self-esteem and identity into all our teaching, helping you build your skills in responding with empathy to consumers and their diverse needs.
Learning keeping pace with industry
Fashion is multifaceted and ever-evolving. Our programme reflects this.
As shown in our annual DesignBook portfolio-building projects, we are renowned for upholding high standards of fashion drawing and presentation skills, helping you with understanding brand development and what it takes to shine in a creative business.
You will also develop a variety of technical and pattern-cutting skills - including creative cutting, small-scale cutting, tailoring and outerwear - and encouraged to develop innovations in fabrics, garment manufacture and finishings.
Ultimately, the final year offers you the opportunity to fully incorporate your design strengths into your graduate fashion collection, which can be explored through perspectives of accessory-led design, menswear, womenswear, knitwear and surface-led design.